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and that's our hometown forecast location. largo by noontime ought to be into the upper 30s with a lot of cloudiness. here's how we're looking throughout the region for the morning hours. maybe a little sun between dawn to around maybe 8:00. after that, all cloudy. temperatures by noontime into the upper 30s to around 40. sunrise at 7:08. the sunset at 5:37. i'm back in ten minutes with another update. we'll leak at the rest of the afternoon. right now, first 4 traffic with danella. good morning. we'll start wh the rails. we saw yesterday on the vre, fredericksburg line, big delays. today off and running. marc, metro same thing. no issues to report. to the roadways, we'll head up to i-270. if you're heading out of frederick, nice and quiet southbound past urbana. as you continue toward the beltway, you are clear. i'll give you a live look at the beltway at i-270. no issues to report. between i-270 heading past connecticut avenue and continuing toward i-95, travel lanes are open in both directions. i'm back in ten minutes.
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aaron, over it you. >> thank you. new this morning, two people are out of their home after a fire overnight. firefighters were called to dower drive in silver spring. this was just after midnight. they found two residents had escaped the house safely. but much of the top floor of that split-level home is gutted. the cause of the fire is under investigation. we're working right now to find out more about an overnight accident that killed a pedestrian in bowie. this video of the crash just in to our newsroom. police say the victim is 39-year-old zubery brown. officers say he was walking in the northbound lanes of southbound 301 -- sorry, he was walking along 301 at pointer ridge drive just after 12:30 when he was hit by a car. police say the driver did remain on the scene. a man accused of trying to rob a university of maryland student two week ago is now in jail. the attempted holdup happened in a common area of the new varsity apartment on route 1 in college park. police say 21-year-old damonte
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spearman threatened a student with a fake gun and demanded the student's laptop. the victim refused and tried to fight off spearman when another person came into the room. spearman ran off. police say he confessed to the attempted robbery. this morning, a virginia man is recovering from severe burns after an explosion at his deli. neighbors say it's not the first time that business has been targeted. news4's megan mcgrath live this morning in lorton with the latest on this. megan? >> reporter: well, aaron, the search is still on for the person behind this bombing. police are looking for an individual seen by witnesses running from the scene immediately after the blast. they say that person may also have been injured. you see the smoky char on the front door here. the window of the deli were blown out but have been boarded up. extensive damage. leak at the video from yesterday. now this began to unfold at around 10:30 on wednesday morning. the deli owner says he was
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unloading boxes from his car when suddenly there was an explosion. reece spoke to news4 by phone from his hospital bed. he suffered serious burns although he is expected to recover. he says the explosion caught him completely by surprise. >> looked back inside the store. all i could look up -- fire, boom, explosion. can't be angry. >> reporter: and reece says he has no idea who would do this, what the motivation behind the attack could possibly be. police still looking for the person responsible. again, witnesses did see a man running from the scene immediately after the blast. investigators believe it is possible that that person is also injured. not a good description on the suspect, but anyone with information, you're asked to call fairfax county police. from lorton, megan mcgrath, news4, back to you in the studio. we could get answers today
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about mysterious developments in the case of the man convicted of killing chandra levy. the d.c. court of appeals will rule whether details from recent hearings will be made public. the suspect will be in court in the district. as with previous hearings, we don't know what the hearing is about. we do know there have been two other closed door hearings in recent months to discuss the credibility of a witness in guandique's trial. we don't know if the witness is the man who testified that guandique confessed to killing levy while in prison on an unrelated conviction. chandra levy's parents say they're fine with the judge's decision to keep the hearings private. >> there's nothing we can do to bring our daughter back. >> yeah. >> no matter what happens. it still leaves us with pain. >> yeah. >> and whether it's private or not doesn't matter in my opinion. >> prosecutors had very little scientific evidence in the trial. any trouble with witnesses could be extremely damaging to their
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case. sparks could fly on capitol hill today when president obama's choice to head the cia answers questions at his confirmation hearing. democrats and republicans on the senate intelligence committee will likely grill john brennan. brennan, the chief counterterrorism adviser now, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia under president george w. bush. and leon panetta will testify before congress today perhaps for the final time as defense secretary. he and the chairman of the joint chiefs will answer questions about september's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. they'll fill in the armed services committee on the results of the defense department's internal review of the attack. four americans were killed including ambassador chris stevens. today house democrats are expected to offer their own gun control proposals. people familiar with the package
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say it calls for banning assault weapons and banning high-capacity magazines carrying more than ten rounds of ammunition. they say the ten proposals are similar to president obama's gun-control plan. the democrats' proposals are unlikely to go anywhere quickly in the house. a spokesman for house speaker john boehner says the house will wait to see what the senate passes before it takes any action. for the first time in weeks, a boeing 787 dreamliner will take to the skies today. the faa gave boeing permission to fly the plane from texas to washington state. now this is not a test flight. it's just a way to relocate the plane. all 787s remain grounded while investigators figure out what's wrong with their lithium ion batteries. the ntsb says despite the issues, that type of battery is not necessarily unsafe. the agency says manufacturers just need to build in reliable safeguards. let's check in with the live desk. good morning. >> good morning. this is the breaking news folks want to hear. we're getting word that the powerball winner is in virginia.
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if you played the powerball, get your ticket. this is for you. again, we're hearing there is one winner in virginia for the powerball jackpot. estimated $2 8 million. the numbers as you see on the screen, 5-27-36-38-41 and the powerball is 12. as you can imagine, we have folks in our newsroom here that live in virginia. you can only imagine the excitement going on in our newsroom. the only big question is, what would you do with $208 million? >> i could think of a few thing right now. did you get a ticket? >> i'm calling my father right now. hang on a second. if i'm not here after the commercial, you know what happened. >> his father's like, who, aaron? i don't remember. 5:07. right now, a manhunt the unsuspecting person police say killed a college basketball coach and her fiance. how the president is leading the nation in a moment of reflection. a chilly day on tap. [ female announcer ] pillsbury crescents are awesome.
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welcome back. >> let's check the forecast. >> good morning. you need your winter coat. you need your puffy coat and fleece. winter weather is coming our way. it certainly feels like winter. right now around the region, we've got it in the 20s. montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's counties, near 30 in washington. most of northern virginia and
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most of maryland just in the low to mid 20s. west virginia, as well. now we could get a wintry mix. that's not going to be happening, though, until tonight, maybe around 10:00 p.m. to after midnight. maybe a little bit of snow and sleet moving in. ahead of that, a lot of cloudiness. temperatures climbing to the low 40s by afternoon. danella? >> good morning. checking for issues and so far things are clear. we'll take a live look 28 at the beltway. live look past hunter mill in both directions. no issues to report. and 50 in maryland, inside the beltway at landover. no issues at 50 and maryland. traveling in the district, still seeing light volume. not seeing any incidents now. over to you. >> thank you. the developments expected in court add to from the man accused of trying to blow up the federal reserve building in new york.
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next, changes made to a popular super bowl commercial.
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good morning, from the live desk, we want to bring picture just in to the newsroom of the deadly tsunami that took place yesterday in the solomon islands. you see the absolute devastation. pictures sent in by aid organization world vision. the heartbreaking images of some noteows. we're told that six bodies have been found including one child. the tsunami that hit was five feet. at least five villages about v been wiped out. we'll continue to follow the story. back to you. >> thank you. right now a former los
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angeles police officer is wanted in the shooting death of a college basketball coach and her fiance. police are looking for former officer and navy reservist christopher dorner for last weekend's shooting of cal state fullerton basketball coach monica kwan and her fiance, keith lawrence. investigators say dorner implicated himself in an online post that he has since taken down. police consider dorner armed and dangerous. today we expect to learn how the man who held a 5-year-old boy hostage for nearly a week died. investigators will determine the cause of death of jimmy lee dykes. he was found dead at his homemade bunker monday after the fbi exchanged gunfire with him. the son of the school bus driver who was shot and killed trying to keep dykes from taking the boy says he hope the community can move on. >> my dad would want us to forgive jimmy dykes. i've forgiven him. my family has. many nights we were around and praying for that jimmy dykes and
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for ethan. >> ethan turned 6-year-old. the fbi says they expect to spend at least two more days collecting evidence at the scene. we expect a guilty plea today in a terror plot to blow up the federal reserve bank in new york. 21-year-old kwasi nafise will appear in court. he drove a van with 1,000 pounds of explosives to the door of the bank and tried to set it off using a cell phone. the explosives were fake set up in a sting operation. the man's family says he is incapable of plotting such an attack. in the day ahead, president obama will speak at the national prayer breakfast in northwest washington. the president will meet with religious and community leade across the nation taking part in the 61st annual prayer breakfast. this is video from last year where he says he relies on faith and values to guide him. the national prayer breakfast has been held every year since 1953. after breakfast, the president will head to leesburg,
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virginia, where house democrats are holding their retreat. the president will proposal his second-term agenda at the lansdowne resort. vice president biden spoke to the group yesterday and said the world has changed since 1994 when congress passed an assault weapons ban. many blame that vote for costing democrats control of the house and senate. that ban has since expired. today prince george's county schools decide whether to implement new safety measures in the wake of the shooting at sandy hook in december. according to the "washington post," the board of education will be given recommendations today that include requiring every person entering a county school to show i.d. the schools would also hold two large-scale drills every year, including a lockdown drill next month and an active shooter drill in april. 18 after the hour now. this morning, a man is undergoing a mental evaluation for trespassing in an anne arundel county school just before police made a shocking discovery in his home. police say 25-year-old justin beaumont walked into north county high school in glen burnie on monday and told people
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he was a student there more than a decade ago and was bullied. officers arrested him. but when they searched his home, they say they found several weapons. police say after sandy hook they were not taking any chances. >> post connecticut, we have got to recognize as an agency, as a nation, as a state, that our schoolchildren -- we have to do everything week to see keep them safe. >> beaumont did own the guns legally and was not armed when he was inside the school. doctors may finally have an answer to why we had just -- we just had one of the worst years for whooping cough in decades. scientists say they discovered a new strain that may be resistant to vaccines. they published their findings in today's "new england journal of medicine." this new strain had been reported in japan, france, and finland. whooping cough was common until a vaccine was introduced in the 1940s. discouraging news in the
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fight against alzheimer's this morning. a new study says diagnosis of the disease is expected to triple by 2050. about five million people are living with alzheimer's in the u.s. now. that number could reach nearly 14 million over the next four decades. researchers say the increase is being driven by the aging baby-boomer population. and that it could place a huge burden on the health care system. this morning, a popular gourmet market in georgetown is closed because of a health violation. the d.c. health department closed dean and deluca on m street yesterday because of vermin. public records indicate the store has had two other health department complaints in the last few years. the market is shut down until further notice. just about 5:21. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. tom kierein, good morning you it. flannel, fleece, winter coat, you'll need all of that. there's the washington monument, jefferson memorial. live picture under a cloudy sky on this thursday morning.
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approaching 5:21. temperatures down into the 20s. in prince george's county, mid 20s. in montgomery county, many locations there low to mid 20s. and it's in the mid 20s as well in much of fairfax county, prince william, culpeper, and fauquier, stafford, spotsylvania, also upper 20s. mid 20s this. upper 20s in loudoun county. farther north and west into maryland, hagerstown, 23. so is cumberland. 24 in martinsburg. winchester, milder at 28. later today, here's the storm team 4 afternoon forecast highs. should be reaching the low 40s. then we have a possibility of a little bit of snow and sleet moving in. perhaps before midnight tonight. then ending by about 2:00 a.m., transitioning to rain. and any of that snow and sleet melting on roadways is the way it looks now. and then rain the rest of the day on friday. a chilly rain with highs in the mid to upper 40s. then the rain ends by sunset friday. the winds start to kick in. they get gusty friday bringing in colder weather down into the 20s by dawn on saturday. we could have winds gusting to
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around 40 miles per hour. and that's going to be friday night into saturday morning. maybe even scattered snow flurries and scattered snow showers late friday night through midday saturday. then some sun back saturday afternoon with a high only in the 30s to near 40. then the winds die down saturday afternoon and evening, down to the 20s again sunday morning. sunday should be sunny, highs into the mid 40s. here's a look into next week. could get rain on monday. should be in the 40s. then a bit milder on tuesday with some sunshine back. maybe even hitting the mid 50s. then a chance for some more rain perhaps on wednesday with a high around 50. i'm back in ten minutes. first 4 traffic now with danella. good morning. good morning. still pretty quiet on the roadways. if you're traveling along arlington boulevard in virginia, checking for you and not seeing any incidents to report. we'll head over to 66 right now. as you make your way past the rest area, you see just your volume increasing just a bit. no major delays. still a lot of space in between each car. as you make your way westbound, no issues to report there. 66 continuing eastbound inside the beltway.
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now issues passing glebe. and as you continue your commute this morning, no issues to report. let's talk about the rails, no. five-minute delay, not bad, minor. on the marc, brunswick east train 870. metro, vre not reporting delays right now. if you've seen two versions of one popular super bowl commercial, it isn't your imagination. here's the original add -- >> and on the h, god looked down on his planned paradise and said "i need a caretaker," so god made a farmer. >> many thought this chrysler commercial was the best ad from this year's super bowl. some latino groups disagreed. they say the ad did not feature any latinos even though more than 70% of agricultural workers are from mexico and central america. one group featured this in response. it features the speech from radio personality paul harvey. but it includes different farmers. the group posted the different ad to its facebook page.
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more than 3.5 million people have seen it. it's one of the most celebrated films of last year. but this morning, someone is challenging something in the movie "lincoln." democratic congressman joe courtney of connecticut says the oscar-nominated film falsely depicts connecticut's two congressmen at the time voting against the 13th amendment which outlawed slavery. courtney says all four congressmen actually backed the amendment. so far, dreamworks has not commented. right now, members of the olympic movement are counting down to the winter olympic games. here's a live look at the ceremony in moscow's red square. we are one year away from the opening ceremony. russians are spending $15 billion on the games. and you can watch the xxiv winter olympics on nbc 4. we should probably start calling the wizards the giant slars after yet another huge win. washington took down the hot new york knicks last night 106-96.
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the knicks were coming off a five-game winning streak. john wall led, 29 points, nine assists. it's the first win over the knicks in three years. and the wizards have beaten every division leader in the league except san antonio. the wizards will try to take down another new york team, the nets, tomorrow. >> all right. this morning, people are talking about "forbes" magazine's list of the most disliked athletes. it should come as no surprise, lance armstrong comes in as the number-one most-disliked athlete after admitting to using performance enhancing drugs to win his tour de france titles. manti te'o is number two, going from an 88% rating to 15% rating after the fake girlfriend hoax. tiger woods comes in third followed by chicago bears quarterback jay cutler. >> those are names in the news now. maybe part of the dislike is overexposure. >> maybe. a good point. coming up on 5:26 now. what could delay today's expected vote on the president's pick for defense secretary. and who will take the hot
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in the headlines at 5:28,
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two people looking for another place to stay after a fire destroyed their home on dower drive overnight. a local deli owner recovering from severe burns after someone firebombed his sub shop in lorton. convicted king eed killer g could appear in court after more in the chandra levy case. we'll have more throughout the morning. first, i'm eun yang. >> i'm aaron gilchrest on this thursday, february 7. a frightening storm sets its path on the d.c. region. we're talking about major changes rolling in to shape up the end of your workweek. >> tom kierein tracking the storm. tom? >> all is calm, all is quiet, all is dry. but it is cold. and by this time tomorrow morning, though, thing are going to be wet. big changes moving in. right now, it's a puffy coat morning. we're down into the mid 20s in prince george's county. and parts of southern maryland including calvert, charles, and st. mary's, anne arundel, too, in just the mid 20s to near 30
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by the bay. farther north and west, montgomery county in the mid to upper 20s. also generally mid to upper 20s fairfax county and arlington. and right now reagan national at 32. storm team showing chantilly's hometown forecast location. by noon, in the upper 30s and cloudy. and for the whole region today, through the morning hours, might have a little sun around dawn. still below freezing. ought to get above freezing after 8:00. all cloudy after that. by noontime, into the upper 30s. a look at the rest of the day, that's coming up in ten minutes. a look at first 4 traffic with danella. >> good morning. well, tom, good news on the beltway earlier this morning. just as you travel on the outer loop of the beltway approaching braddock, had construction there. that work zone is gone. we'll take a closer look at the wilson bridge. a live look as you make your beltway in both directions. notice the report, you see volume naturing a bit, no major delays yet. and as you continue past the wilson bridge and make your way up toward i-95, here's a live
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look as you travel in college park. again, light volume inoth directions. continuing your commute toward the beltway in montgomery county now. a live look as you make your way past university boulevard on the inner loop as well as the outer loop. no issues to report. over to you. >> thank you. 5:316789 n. iran -- 5:316789 iran says it's decoded video from a year ago. these are images showing an aerial view of an airport and city. iran claims the city is kandahar in afghanistan. we haven't heard from the pentagon on the latest development. but the u.s. did confirm in 2011 this one of its unmanned drones went missing. those drones will likely be one of the most heated talked points during john brennan's confirmation hearing. he's president obama's pick to head the cia. he'll face tough questions from democrats and republicans. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning.
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in a written response to those lawmakers he faces later today, brennan says that those drone strikes are rare but are legal. he is defending them and will talk more about that today. he'll be asked more about that today as the top counterterror adviser for the president. the white house also releasing what had been a classified memo to lawmakers on these intelligence committees with the legal justification for why the u.s. thinks or, as the white house put, it we're doing this for the right reasons in the right way. but the ucla, privacy groups, lawmakers, even some states disagree. 11 states are trying to restrict how drones are used in their areas. but the big question is, can the administration without a court getting involved, without prior approval, use these unmanned drones to kill terror suspects overseas that are sometimes american citizens? that will be part of the questioning today, along with interrogation tactics. remember, brennan was at the cia for 25 years. under the bush administration
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when water boarding and other tactics were being used and questioned, he said he raise objections and had concerns about those tactics. eun? >> tracie potts live for us. thank you. the pentagon is making a drastic move this morning ahead of a potentially huge budget cut next month. defense secretary leon panetta says he will reduce the number of aircraft carrier groups in the persian gulf from two to one. that decision comes just one day before the "uss harry s truman" was to leave for the gulf. two carrier groups have been stationed in the region for the majority of the past two years because of rising tensions with iran. president obama's choice to replace leon panetta at the pentagon will not receive his first confirmation votes today. the senate armed services committee decided to delay the vote on former senator chuck hagel after demands for more information from republicans. several senators have asked for more degree of hagel's business dealings and content of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing and they fully expect hagel to be
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confirmed. this morning a northern virginia congressman is defending his support for a bill to legalize marijuana. representative jim moran as well as d.c. delegate eleanor holmes norton are two of the several co-sponsors of the measure. it calls for decriminalizing marijuana on a federal level and allowing states to regulate it. moran says it's time to reform drug laws, calling enforcement expensive. he says federal taxation could generate upwards of $20 billion a year. today family, friends, and colleagues will pay their final respects to a prince george's county civil rights pioneer. tonight is the viewing for former maryland delegate christine jones. this is happening at the bethlehem baptist church on martin luther king avenue in southeast washington from 7:00 to 9:00 tonight. jones died after rescuers pulled her from her burning home in temple hills. jones of the first african-american to represent prince george's county in the maryland general assembly. she was 83 years old. funeral services are tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.
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today maryland lawmakers will consider a bill that will make it easier for you to vote long before election day. the house ways and means committee will discuss legislation to increase the number of early vision centers in general elections. some marylanders waited in line for hours to cast ballots during last fall's early voting period. governor o'malley wants to increase the number of early voting days, as well. also today, the man convicted of killing chandra levy will appear in a d.c. courtroom for a mysterious hearing. we're trying to get to the bottom of what is this is b. we know the convicted killer, ingmar guandique, is heading here from prison in alabama. we know there have been two other closed door hearing in recent months to discuss the credibility of a witness in guandique's trial. we don't know if the witness is the man who testified that guandique testified to killing levy while in prison on an unrelated conviction. chandra levy's parents say they're fine with the judge's decision to keep those hearings private.
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>> there's noose we can do to bring our daughter back. >> yeah. >> no matter what happens, it still leaves us with pain. >> yeah. >> and whether it's private, not, doesn't matter in my opinion. >> we are hoping to get some answers today about the latest developments in the case. the d.c. court of appeals will rule whether details from the previous hearings will be made public. hall of fame basketball player and businessman magic johnson will be in d.c. today to talk about the stigma surrounding hiv. he'll speak at howard university hospital between 1:00 and 3:00 this afternoon. johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after learning he contracted the disease. he has since started a foundation to fund research and to educate the public about hiv and aids. this morning, the lawmaker selected to give the gop response after the president's state of the union address next week. plus, the push to make sure every child has a chance to preschool. if you are just waking up, we have big changes ahead in the forecast.
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competed in this race from the lobby to the observation deck of the big apple's famous skyscraper. a man from australia was the first to cross the finish line. it took him ten minutes and 12 seconds to climb 86 flights of stairs. that's 1,576 stairs. congrats to everyone who participated. quite a feat. i've been up there, that's a long way to go. >> then they all took the elevator down. we'll check the forecast with tom kierein. a cold start. weather and traffic on the 1s. right now 5:41. temperatures are below freezing around the region. for our viewers in the shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia, western maryland, low to mid to upper 20s there. closer to washington, too, montgomery county in the mid 20s. so is fairfax county and arlington and -- prince george's county, too. just in the mid 20s. right near 30 in the district of columbia. here's how our day is looking. afternoon highs reaching low 40s. cloudiness through the day. then a potential wintry mix coming in late this evening. i'll have the timing on that and how long it will last and what
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will happen after that. the seven-day forecast in ten minutes. danella, good morning. good morning. we'll start in maryland, heading out 50 past the bay bridge. no issues traveling toward bowie. nice and clear. i'll give you a live look making your way this time past lotsford vista. inbound, more volume than making your way outbound. continuing toward new york avenue, you're clear. back over to you both. >> all right. thank you. it is now 5:41. a crime alert for metro rider. the warning this morning before you head out to catch a train or bus. and how one man is fighting back against work-related calls and emails on his downti
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good morning, i'm at the live desk with an update on the powerball winner in virginia. we're being told by lottery officials that the winning ticket was sold in the richmond metro area.
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now those numbers, as you see on the screen, 5-27-36-38-41. that's $207 million. you can take annual payment or the one-time sum of $136.4 million. guys, it takes a lot of us from the newsroom out of the mix. aaron, your dad could still be in the running for this, right? >> my dad, my sister. i got cousins down there. i'm going to be calling the whole lot of them this morning before the day's over. >> make sure they share. >> they might hang up, though, just saying. >> won't answer. thank you. right now a local deli owner is recovering from severe burns after somebody firebombed his shop. this happened yesterday morning at the sub shop in lorton, virginia. this morning, the restaurant is boarded up, the culprit still on the loose. neighbors tell news4 the same store was vandalized last year. the owner, lawrence reece, is recovering in a d.c. hospital. he says he doesn't think the blast was an accident. florida senator marco rubio will deliver the gop's rebuttal
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to the president's state of the union address next week. the 41-year-old cuban american lawmaker spoke at last year's republican national convention. he is part of a bipartisan effort to craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill. rubio was elected to the senate in 2010. the president will deliver his state of the union address on tuesday. 5:46. rare praise from virginia democrats for the republican speaker of the house. they're commending speaker bill howell for killing a jop redistricting plan. the amendment which would have redrawn senate district lines was not relevant it the legislation it was attached to, he said. senate republicans pushed through the redistricting plan on january 21. it was the one day they had a majority in the senate because one democrat was in washington for president obama's inauguration. democrats say howell ignored partisan politics to make the right decision. >> he showed true political courage. he was a profile in courage. his decision was well thought out. >> like a baseball umpire, he called it as he saw it. and this time he saw it in a
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direction that obviously was favorable to us. >> democrats had threatened to block governor book mcdonnell's transportation plan in response to the redistricting plan. they say they're willing to cooperate. police arrested a man suspected in a brazen armed robbery. now they're checking to see if he is connected to another crime. this is video from the frederick jewelry store where the robber struck. a man driving by saw what was happening and flagged down police. officers arrested one man yesterday morning. arlington police are now looking into whether the same robbers are responsible for another smash and grab at a zales store at the pentagon city mall. a man who tried to rob a university of maryland student is behind bars this morning. this attempted holdup happened about two weeks ago in the common area of the new varsity apartments on route 1 in college park. 21-year-old do monty spearman threatened a student with a gun and stole his laptop. he tried to fight back, and when
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another person came in the room, spearman ran. he confessed to the attempted robbery. d.c. police are asking for help to find a man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a teenager. look at this sketch. this is the man they're looking for. they say he attacked a 16-year-old girl as she walked to school along nanny helen boroughs last week. he grabbed her and forced her into his suv. he drove for a while, groped her, andler her go. a maryland woman is suing hear employers at the department of health. arita treadwell said his boss sexually harassed her. the harassment was ruled to have probably occurred. treadwell said she even got a peace order against her boss but he violated it. the executive office says it conducted an internal investigation and took the appropriate action. a maryland man in critical condition after he was hit by a freight train. take a look t -- a look at the
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damage. the 25-year-old tried to speed up and beat the train at the cherry tree crossing in bran brandywi brandywine, maryland. warning light were flas were -- lights were flashing. thieves are targeting iphones and high-price items from metro riders. thefts have been on the rise. there have been 31 reported electronic device thefts, up from the first two weeks of the year when 19 devices were stolen. metro says thieves are ripping smartphones and tablets right out of riders' hands. metro says thieves tend to target women. the agency encouraged riders to use gps tracking software on their devices. they also remind riders to put away iphones and other high-tech gadgets. don't write off saturday mail delivery yet. several members of congress may challenge the postal's plan to cut back to five days a week for delivery service of mail. the postmaster general announced the plan yesterday. congress banned the cuts in its continuing budget resolution that expires next month.
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attorneys for the postal service, though, say the agency has the legal right to make that change. sheer one proposal to make a college degree much more affordable. the american council on education is recommending students receive college credit for some online courses. a company called corsara offers the classes. the courses are free. students will have to pay between $100 and $190 to receive college credits. dozens of colleges offer free online courses. most offer degree credit for them. and preschool could also become more affordable. a thinktank just came one a plan to provide preschool for all children 3 and 4 years old. federal subsidies for childcare would increase to about $7,200 per child. the number of students in early head start programs would double. the group's plan would cost about $200 billion over the next ten years. want to turn to meteorologist tom kierein now. as you're tracking this last
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storm system, we've been getting little snows the last several weeks. this storm looks like it's going to be bad for somebody. >> yeah, not here, though, but for travel specials from new york to providence, hartford, boston, portland, maine, a major winter blizzard's going to be hitting there beginning tomorrow. so keep that in mind. for us, it's going to be developing over us during the day tomorrow in the form of rain. right now all calm and dry. 32 at reagan national. it's cold elsewhere. temperatures in the mid to upper 20s in prince george's county. arlington, fairfax, mid 20s. also mid 20s in montgomery county. the rest of southern maryland, northern neck, eastern shore, most locations mid to upper 20s. parts of the shenandoah valley, western maryland. for locations there, low to mid 20 minutes this morning. we've got a lot of cloudiness coming in ahead of the precipitation beginning to move our way by tonight. so hour pie hour through the morning, no problems weatherwise but cold. need the winter coat. it's going to be below freezing
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until 8:00. after that, getting a lid above freezing. by noontime, should be in the upper 30s with a light southeasterly breeze. then into the rest of the afternoon, just all cloudy. and this is tonight, this is as of midnight, rain moving in. this is all rain in this area in green. the areas in pink, are those zones maybe with a wintery mix. it may begin as a wintry mix even in the metro area, perhaps around midnight to 2:00, 3:00 a.m. road temperatures should be above temperature. anything that falls, any frozen precipitation will be melting and changing to rain during the day on friday. the rest of the day and predawn friday, areas in the yellow and orange, there could be heavier rains. that does look, like it's going to be mainly east of washington. this is friday at 3:00 in the afternoon. friday night, we have the rain end. but we may have as that storm really develops over new england, some snow showers and flurries moving in friday night into saturday morning with some winds that could be gusting as high as 40 miles per hour late
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friday night into saturday morning. sun back on saturday afternoon. here's the storm team 4 four-day forecast. tomorrow, we'll get those highs in the 40s with that rain likely from predawn all the way until around sunset. maybe some of those flurries late friday into saturday morning midday, strong, gusty winds will diminish saturday afternoon. we get sun back. 20 saturday morning. just near 40 saturday afternoon. down to the mid 20s under a clear sky sunday morning. a lot of sun on sunday. does look like the mid 40s. here's how it's looking the first part of the next week. milder monday. could get rain. sun back tuesday. the 50s. and then on wednesday, we could get some rain again with a high around 50. i'm back with a hometown forecast in ten minutes. a look at your first 4 traffic now with danella. thanks. traveling in our area, volume pretty light still this morning. and we'll take a closer look if you're traveling along bw parkway or even i-95 in maryland. this time between the baltimore beltway and capital beltway. travel lane are open. we'll head over to i-270.
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reports southbound at 85 making your way southbound, that's where the report of the accident is. as far as delays go, i am see something delays out of frederick. normal volume, though, just slow past frederick. then delays right now stop in urbana. here's a live look at germantown road. you can see snow issues as you continue toward rockville and connecting to the beltway, again, nice and clear. as you travel on the inner loop, your speeds not bad at all. it will take ten minutes to get from i-270 to i-95. and finally to the rails. camden south, train number 843. looking at a nine-minute delay now. metro, vre running on our close to schedule. aaron? >> thank you. if you think you can't go fast enough on the roads, maybe head to utah. that state is thinking about raising the speed limit to 80 miles per hour on three interstates. the speed would only go up in rural areas where the roads are flat and straight. the 80 mile-per-hour limit would be the second highest in the nation. texas already has an 85 mile-per-hour limit on a toll road between austin and san
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antonio. a mega merger in the works could have a big impact on the airline industry. cnbc has more on the story and more. good morning. good morning. american airlines' parent amr and usairways are reportedly hashing out the final details of their merger which could be announced in the next week or two. the deal would create the world's biggest airline. the "wall street journal" says the transaction would be part of americans' reorganization to bring it out of bankruptcy. the carrier filed for chapter 11 at the end of 2011. now, under the deal, amr's creditors would control the majority of the new company. back to you. >> thank you. new york city has already moved to ban sugary drinks. now the big apemcould impose a ban on -- big apple could impose a ban of foam to go. many have criticized styrofoam as not breaking down easily in landfills. there could be a fight because the containers are lightweight and often cheaper than plastic.
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the city hopes to have the ban in place by 2017. a chicago police sergeant is suing for overtime pay for answering work-related emails and calls after hours. a federal suit claims police leaders forced their officers to respond to after-hour questions and read their emails but told them not to file for overtime. the officers were issued a company blackberry if. if the officers win, they could get millions of dollars in back pay. >> an interesting debate for sure. please don't stop the music? >> i can hear it now. sing it for us. >> i'm not singing that. the apple itunes store set a record with 25 billion songs sold. the song "monkey drums" by chase buck i guess is the 25 -- wow -- 25 billionth -- >> billionth. >> is that a sfwhord. >> i think so. >> 25 billionth download in germany. the winner got an itunes gift card worth more than $1,300.
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itunes has 26 million songs in its catalog. today is a very special day for some young musicians who have taken a long journey here to washington. musicians in the afghanistan national institute of music will perform tonight at the kennedy center. and here they were in bethesda earlier this week hearing a performance by the holton arms school in bethesda. holton arms junior alice sprinkle will join them for the show. the musicians will play in new york and boston next week. welcome to washington. and if you're just waking up, you might want to give your friends in richmond a call. somebody there won last night's powerball. it was worth more than $217 million. the powerball confirmed the news that the winning ticket was bought in the richmond area. for security reasons they will not release the exact location right now. however, they expect to make an announcement later this morning. you made all your phone calls? has anyone answered, left voice mails? >> i get cursed out if i call someone this early in the morning. i will be as soon as we're done. >> all right. ahead, the popular super bowl ad that one group says it
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